Bad Smell Coming From Pipes?


We have this awful smell coming from our pipe area. It is in our laundry room but is not coming from our laundry pipes. We recently had a plumber come out and run a camera through and nothing was found.

It is so bad that we do not invite anyone over, and we're actually thinking about selling our house after only 6 months. We are out of ideas to where this might be coming from. We have a sewer line that is brand new. Someone please help!

Jenna from Levittown, PA

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By mklema92658 (Guest Post)
December 4, 20080 found this helpful

I agree, hot, boiling water down the toilets and drains. You can add Dawn dish soap or some other cleaner of your choice. Continue adding boiling water down the drains and toilets at regular intervals.

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Well its not all the pipes, its only coming from our laundry area where there is access to underneath the tub.

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June 13, 20190 found this helpful

Hello I think I have a similar problem, did you fix yours? I am in the process of moving into a new place on the 2nd floor and I think the landlord was not using the upstairs for years now when I tried to wash my feet in the bathtub it smells like ROTTEN WATER, you know that type of water that has been sitting in a pail for awhile? I think The bathtub is attached to the Laundry Pipe bc it's right beside it.... I told the landlord about it and he said I complain too much...

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By Sherri (Guest Post)
December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Please remember that you must disclose any problems with your house to a new buyer. If you don't, and they have the same problem come up, they can sue you for damages. Please call your local sewer/garbage company for any information they might offer. Good luck

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

It is not true in every state that you must disclose problems with a home. Some states are buyer beware, caveat emptor or owner will not fill out disclosure but give buyer $500 credit st closing for example.

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By Kathy (Guest Post)
December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Is it possible there had been a leak before that was fixed, but maybe there is some mold or something growing? Maybe the wood is rotted around the pipe from something? Just a thought.

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September 22, 20090 found this helpful

I think you should call your plumber back, I can hardly believe he didn't saw anything wrong here. The smell has to come somewhere, maybe there is a clog and he didn't see it. You still have time to fix the problem. Good luck!

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December 3, 2008

I have a REALLY bad smell coming from all of the pipes in our house. It is worst in the kitchen but the bathrooms smell too. It is so bad I am embarrassed to invite people over to our house.


Does anyone know why this is happening and what can be done about it? Please help us make our house not smell.



Bad Smell Coming From Pipes

I had that problem also. I bought a big box of baking soda and spooned (It will just pile up on the bottom of the sink if you try and pour it down the drain) as much of it as possible down the drains and then followed with 1 cup of vinegar down each drain. Let it sit for a while before you run any water in the drain. I haven't had a problem with "drain smell" since then.

I also occasionally boil a big pan full of water and and pour it down each drain to get rid of soap and grease residue. (06/05/2006)

By Donna Skipper

Bad Smell Coming From Pipes

Have you tried a Drain-o type product? That will get rid of any clogs that may be culprit. How about some of that septic system stuff that you add monthly? Are you on septic? Is your septic system backing up? That can definitely cause a bad odor!


We are moving to a farm, probably later this summer, so I will be learning quickly about septic systems. But at this point, I don't know much to help. Good luck! (06/05/2006)

By Jen Zahm

Bad Smell Coming From Pipes

We had to have someone go on top of the roof, put the hose in the pipe that comes out of the roof (pipes that go to the bathroom), turn the hose on and blow it out. It really helped all drains, even the garage disposal that was stopped up. Try it. (06/06/2006)

By eve

Bad Smell Coming From Pipes

We use to have the same problem (when we would walk through our front door it smelled awful so I never wanted to invite anyone over), anyway, my hubby ended up crawling under our house because it got so bad. It turns out that we had a leak in the kitchen and it had created a "pool" under our house. So we called a plumber to fix the leak and they recommended putting some Lime stuff on the water to help kill the bacteria and all. And it is all better now, no smell! (06/06/2006)


By Crystal

Bad Smell Coming From Pipes

We had the same problem in both California and Nevada. Thought something had died in the bathroom. Turned out to be "hard" water standing in the pipes, toilets and sinks. If all the other suggestions fail, try testing your water by putting a drop of liquid detergent in a jar, fill the jar part way with water, put the lid on and shake. If you don't get lots of suds "hard" water may be your problem and you might want to consider a water softener. We did, and the horrible smells went away. Good luck. (06/07/2006)

By Shelly Elsner

Bad Smell Coming From Pipes

I would check with a plumber as soon as possible. We had a house like that once and it was a really old house that had an open cistern under the house that some dingbat had run the sewer pipes through. After living in the house with 4 kids and 2 adults eventually the sewer backed up into the cistern. Totally unhealthy fumes in the house, yuck! Good luck. (06/08/2006)


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